Should Penn State University be allowed to play football this year after a report found a systemic cover-up by school officials of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky?
That is the question being asked across the country today, as the public continues to try and digest the findings of a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh into the abuse. According to Chartiers Valley Patch:
Four high-ranking Penn State University officials, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, “repeatedly concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s contact with young boys, according to an independent investigation released this morning.
The investigation headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded that Paterno, former president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz all knew about a 1998 investigation into Sandusky but showed “no concern about that victim” and took no action against him.
“The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s,” investigators wrote in a press release. “At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch (football training) Building.”
The report's findings have prompted another question being debated by everyone from radio sports shows hosts to politicians: Should the Nittany Lions suffer the "Death Penalty," which would prevent them from participating in the 2012 football season?
We put the question to you, Bonney Lake and Sumner. What do you think? As always, let's try to elevate the discussion.